9:30 p.m., April 3)
mom's dying wish; to find a new home for her adopted kids
By Fred Sherwin
Diane Bowman is hoping to find a local couple
who are willing to be legal guardians of her
adopted children Daniel and Claudia. Jean
Levac/Ottawa Citizen Photo
Bowman, 72, is dying from organ failure and is desparately
trying to find legal guardians for her adopted children,
Daniel, 13, and Claudia, 10.
former nurse delivered and later adopted the siblings
while she was doing missionary work in Mexico. After being
diagnosed with a severe cardiac condition in 2004, she
returned to Canada with the two kids and eventually ended
up in Ottawa where she underwent a heart transplant.
has since developed skin cancer and suffers from diabetes.
Her transplanted heart is now failing and so are her kidneys.
While her doctors can't say exactly how much time she
has left, they have told her that her body is slowly shutting
down and that it's only a matter of time before it shuts
who has no family or close friends in Ottawa, is hoping
that whatever time she does have left, is enough to find
legal guardians for Daniel and Claudia and avoid the possibility
of foster care, adoption and relocation.
process, even if a couple were to come forward, could
prove to be complicated, difficult and a legal minefield.
While Bowman could technically name legal guardians in
her will, provincial law prohibits private adoption in
Ontario which means the Children's Aid Society would likely
step in to determine where the kids end up going.
CAS has placed the kids in foster homes a number of times
while Bowman has undergone treatment for her various illnesses.
The most recent placement was for a month late last year.
a perfect world, the two children would be placed with
a local family with as little disruption as possible.
Bowman wants the kids to remain near their friends and
continue going to the same schools. She is hoping by going
public she will be able to find a compatible couple in
time to deal with any potential legal issues that might
have to be rectified.
the end, her only wish is to find her kids a loving, nurturing
home in the same community in which they've spent the
majority of their young lives. Ironically, that would
be the same goal as the CAS should circumsrtances require
would always strive to identify an individual, regardless
of whether they're potential foster parents or adoptive
parents, (who) could become permanent in their children's
lives," says CAS spokeswoman Cindy Parent. "That's
always the idea, to make is as easy, comfortable and permanent."
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